I am a huge fan of the trade magazine, the obscure journal written for a niche audience that rarely makes it into the mainstream, and am always looking for new ones. And I just found one: Nightclub & Bar, which advertises itself as "the go-to resource for the on-premise professional" in the nightclub industry and has been at it for 27 years.
Recently, they came out with a list of the top 100 nightclubs in America, the criteria which they said "is the only revenue-based ranking of nightlife venues" in the industry. Understandably, most of those listed are in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, although OC had a couple–and even Long Beach.
Highest in our local list was a surprise for me: Sevilla Nightclub, at #28. Nothing against the place mind you–my pals have picked up many a hot chica there over the years, and their drinks and food are pretty bueno–but I'm pleasantly surprised they're raking in so much dough. The other Long Beach spot was Panama Joe's Cantina (#83), which I must admit I've never gone to but am now curious about.
The OC contingent includes Sutra (#53), Heat Ultra Lounge (#63) and Ten in Newport Beach, which ranked #97. We congratulate our hometown heroes and urge them to continue to pack in the honeys and sling back the cocktails. As for their competitors: step it up! We need more OC/LBC representation! Don't let those LA pendejos beat you!